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  • Sep 5, 1958
    The Country Music Association is chartered in Nashville. The CMA becomes a major marketing force for country music, best known for its annual awards show
    Dec 8, 1958
    The Country Music Association hires its first employee, secretary Jo Walker-Meador, in Nashville. She later ascends to executive director, ultimately joining the Country Music Hall of Fame
    Mar 8, 1959
    Country stars gather for a pair of concerts at Louisville's Freedom Hall to raise money for the newly-founded Country Music Association. On the bill: Johnny Cash, Ray Price, Ernest Tubb, Minnie Pearl, Carl Smith and Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs
    May 18, 1961
    The Country Music Association begins its quarterly board meetings at the Deauville Hotel in Miami Beach. During the two-day gathering, the board votes to establish a Country Music Hall of Fame
    Nov 3, 1961
    Hank Williams, music publisher Fred Rose and Jimmie Rodgers are the first inductees in the Country Music Hall Of Fame
    Nov 6, 1962
    Jo Walker-Meador is named the executive director of the fledgling Country Music Association, a position she holds for the next 29 years. During her tenure, the CMA establishes the Country Music Hall of Fame, the CMA Awards and Fan Fair
    Nov 9, 1962
    Roy Acuff becomes the first living artist named to the Country Music Hall Of Fame
    Nov 5, 1964
    Two days after Lyndon Johnson beat Barry Goldwater in the presidential election, the Country Music Association re-elects Tex Ritter as its president. "I had another president in mind," Ritter says, "but I want you to know I'm mighty thankful"
    Nov 6, 1964
    Tex Ritter is added to the Country Music Hall Of Fame during a ceremony at the Loew's Theater in Nashville
    Apr 8, 1965
    Jimmy Dean sings "Why Don't You Love Me" backed by Floyd Cramer on piano and duets with Rowlf the Muppet on "Breezin' Along With The Breeze" during ABC-TV's "The Jimmy Dean Show." Chet Atkins also appears and presents Dean a CMA plaque honoring his "promulgation of country music"

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